What salvages the material, directed and lensed by Mark Israel, is its candor and the innocence of the participants.
There are no cynical cracks here, but the tone is gritty enough — one young casting agent leans toward a pouty, pampered 15-year-old fashion hopeful (Tamara Ruth) and reminds her, “This is a business!”
That line alone makes this smart viewing for the rose-colored-spectacles set.
Program is a refreshing thematic departure for the Disney Channel. The pace never slacks, intercutting three individual stories in each half-hour show.